The downtown locations of Exploris’s Elementary and Middle school programs have been an essential part of the school’s culture and success. At the same time, being downtown presents some challenges. Parking and carpool routines have never been easy for us, but we have managed by adapting over the years to change and by trying to use common sense.
Safety is our primary concern. Please remember to never block intersections or impede the normal flow of traffic. Please carefully read the information below.
General Notes on Transportation
At Exploris, we have chosen to focus our resources on teacher quality and a safe facility, rather than providing transportation for students on school buses. All parents who can provide transportation to and from school are asked to do so.
Carpooling is strongly encouraged, and Exploris staff and the PTO will gladly help families form carpool groups.
Exploris’s parking lots are reserved for staff parking. Please do not pull over in front of the parking lot when dropping off or picking up your child. In order to have a smooth drop off and pick up procedure, you may not get out of your car if you are in the queuing lanes. If you need to get out of your car for any reason, please park on the street or in parking garages in designated areas.
Key Safety Rules
Exploris is an urban school in a busy neighborhood with limited parking. To keep everyone safe, to get students into their classrooms on time, and to keep traffic flowing freely, we need to work together.
Always drop your child off with a supervising adult — the staff member responsible for Before School Care, the adult on duty in the Kiss and Drop off Lanes (Ugly Monkey for the Middle, and School Driveway for the Elementary) or the classroom teacher if arriving late. Under NO circumstances should a child be dropped off alone at the curb or outside the school.
Watch for children walking and biking — drive slowly and be extra careful near the school.
Cross the street only at marked crosswalks, and hold your child’s hand. Please DO NOT walk through the car lines! Exploris discourages jaywalking as it is extremely unsafe.
Watch for traffic. Never U-‐turn in the areas around the school — it’s dangerous! The City also requires parents to only take right-‐hand turns both into and from our parking or carpool areas
Be on time to school. Children should be in classrooms and ready to learn at 8:15 for the middle and 8:30 for the elementary. Rushing to get to school can lead to unsafe choices and traffic congestion.
Rules for Car Line
Exploris strives to have a safe, efficient drop-‐off and pickup process with minimal traffic congestion. This requires absolute rules with everybody following them. Please make sure that you and your child — and others who drive your child — understand the rules and procedures.
Drop Off and Pick Up – The Elementary School driveway will be one-‐way. Please follow the signs indicating where to enter and exit the lot. Exploris’s parking lots are reserved for staff parking. Please do not pull over in front of the parking lot when dropping off or picking up your child. In order to have a smooth drop off and pick up procedure, you may not get out of your car if you are in the queuing lane. If you need to get out of your car for any reason, please park on the street or in parking garages in designated areas.
NEVER turn left when either entering or leaving the school’s property.
All vehicles dropping students off in the morning should approach the school from Hargett St, turning left onto S. Swain St., right into the school driveway, and driving around to the school’s administrative building entrance. Adults will be in place to greet your students in the morning.
Whenever possible, we ask for students sitting in the back to exit from the driver’s side . We know this is very different from what other schools do. Should a student need to enter from the passenger’s side, please stay parked until the student is clearly away from the building and on the sidewalk next to the school.
Vehicles should then exit the school’s drive by turning right onto S. Swain St. toward New Bern Ave.
Drop off -‐ All vehicles dropping students off in the morning should turn south onto Harrington St. from Hillsborough St., turn right into the rear parking lot of the Ugly Monkey, and pull in as far as possible before letting students out.
Please DO NOT drop students off along Harrington St. or in the lot by the main entrance. All cars should exit the back of the parking lot by turning *right*onto W. Morgan St. Students should be prepared to get out of cars in the parking lot quickly and enter the building. No vehicles should be left unattended in the parking lot.
ONLY RIGHT TURNS ARE ALLOWED DURING CARPOOL
Group Riders (Carpool & Siblings)
We ask that all groups of students who are sharing rides be picked up between 3:15 and 3:30 PM in the Harrington Street (Ugly Monkey) lot.
Vehicles for Carpool Riders should turn south onto Harrington Street and turn right into the Harrington lot. Because of the amount of traffic on Hillsborough, please DO NOT approach from Hillsborough traveling east. We strongly recommend that families traveling east take Peace St. to N. West to N. Harrington. Families traveling from the North, South, or West should travel to W. Edenton and then turn left on N. Harrington.
Car drivers should pull as far into the lot as possible in order to get between 3 and 4 cars into the lot at a time.
All vehicles exiting the Harrington lot should turn right onto W. Morgan Street.
Vehicles for Single-‐Family Riders should pick students up along Hillsborough Street, directly in front of the school’s stairwell between 3:15 and 3:30 PM.
Please approach Hillsborough by traveling east on Hillsborough or north on West Street and taking a right onto Hillsborough. It would be helpful to display a paper with your child’s last name typed in a font size that allows the text to take up most of the paper. A teacher will be standing at the corner of West and Hillsborough and will radio your child’s name to insure your child is ready for loading.
Please be careful when departing with your child. Again, traffic is heavy on Hillsborough, and we want to ensure the safety of you and your child.
PLEASE DO NOT USE CELL PHONES WHEN APPROACHING CARPOOL
Before pulling away, make sure your children are either safely on the sidewalk or buckled in their seat.